October 1, 2022

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How Safe Is All-On-Four Dental Technology?

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Dental Technology

All-On-Four is a special type of dental technology that can revolutionize the entire dental arch with a single procedure. Gone are the days when you had to seek different types of cosmetic procedures to get your dream smile as the all-on-four dental technology blends everything under one roof. Dentists remove the teeth in the affected region and place a full bridge during this procedure which can be done on both the upper and lower teeth. 

Comparison With Dental Implants

While the initial procedure of both regular dental implants and the All-on-4 implants are similar, the healing process is completely different. Metal anchor posts are placed surgically on the patient’s jawbone which allows the gum to heal around these posts. Getting a regular dental implant is suggested for patients having either one or two missing teeth. But the ones having multiple missing teeth need to go ahead with a full set replacement through All-on-4. However, patients need to assess both the risks and costs of all-on-four dental treatments before proceeding with the same. Patients don’t have to undergo multiple implant procedures as all four posts are inserted at once so that you can restore your smile with fewer dentist visits. In the case of traditional implants, it takes six months to heal before the affixation of the final crown. This is not the case with All-on-4 implants where a provisional bridge can be placed once the implant posts are placed. 

Benefits Of All-On-4 Treatments

  • Your appearance gets improved immediately by All-on-4 implants which restore your facial structure to render a more even and fuller smile. Missing teeth and bone cause your face to look wrinkled. An All-On-4 treatment can prevent the further deterioration of bone structure caused by missing teeth. 
  • On receiving their provisional bridge, patients feel a difference instantly. They can speak, eat and smile easily. As their stability increases over time, they can enjoy their favorite foods once again. 
  • Dentists often suggest All-on-4 implants as a permanent alternative to dentures. You won’t have to remove them for care or cleaning once they are affixed. Once your gums and bone surrounding the posts heal, your implants turn into a permanent part of your mouth. 
  • The caring method of All-On-4 implants is similar to your natural teeth. You can easily retain the condition of your pearlies with regular flossing, brushing, and visiting the dentist. 

While a staggering number of patients have tasted success with the all-on-four dental technology, it comes with certain inherent risks which have been listed down below:

  • Primarily, there is a risk associated with anesthesia. To be on the safer side, patients need to understand what is the minimum level of anesthesia required to ensure their comfort. Often patients have pre-existing medical conditions which can lead to complications. It is advisable to discuss the same with doctors. 
  • A very negligible risk exists that the implant might not attach to the bone. Though the reason behind this is unclear, the results can be frustrating for both the patients and the dental experts. However, the good news is that an implant failure can be remedied via a new implant. 
  • There is always a risk of infection associated with all types of surgeries and the all-on-four dental technology is not any different from this general rule. 

Conclusion

Missing teeth can adversely impact your overall well-being. This is why dentists are keen to educate the public about these implants which can support a full-arch palateless bridge.